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Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family? .

Is it possible to acquire Androgenetic alopecia in case of no history of hair loss in the family? .

Yes -- but...: I read your history. Please get over the idea that entertaining yourself had anything to do with your hair loss, and stop believing what people tell you about apple cider vinegar. You also know that all men lose their temple hair at your age. If you've got a lot of chest hair, you may be starting androgenic alopecia even at the age of 23. You need a relationship with a patient, wise physician. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Bauman
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Hair Loss (Definition)

Hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, can be caused by different reasons, including damage to the hair shaft or follicles or fungal infections. There are two main types of alopecia. Alopecia areata occurs when the body's immune system attacks hair follicles and causes hair to fall out. Androgenetic (or androgenic) alopecia, on the other hand, is an inherited form of hair loss. With alopecia areata, hair can fall out in patches all over the body. With androgenetic alopecia, hair on the head first thins and then falls out. In men, this is called male pattern hair loss; in women, it is called ...Read more


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Thin hair at age19.I will have hair transplant in a week. Is it possible for hair to fall/lose from donor area as I hav androgenic alopecia?

Thin hair at age19.I will have hair transplant in a week. Is it possible for hair to fall/lose from donor area as I hav androgenic alopecia?

Possible: You might have some thinning and shedding from the donor are due to the procedure itself, but this should grow back over time. At age 19, it is very important that the donor area is well planned, as this area could thin out in the years to come. ...Read more

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Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what is/are the most common cause (s) of thinning hair in younger, premenopausal women? How are they treated?

Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what is/are the most common cause (s) of thinning hair in younger, premenopausal women? How are they treated?

Alopecia: This is a tough question as there are still a number of possibilities causes. The most common cause is a genetic thinning, but traction alopecia, scalp dermatitis, iron deficiency or thyroid disease, alopecia areata (diffuse type), and telogen effluvium are also seen. Some of these causes can also be almost as common. I suggest evaluation by a dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what are the likely causes of hair thinning/loss in younger women? Which blood tests would be helpful in diagnosis?

Aside from androgenetic alopecia, what are the likely causes of hair thinning/loss in younger women? Which blood tests would be helpful in diagnosis?

Fe, TSH..: Best test is to look at photo of your sisters and mother as unfortunately the diagnosis is likely androgenetic alopecia. Should probably check iron and TSH but they are likely normal. Make sure that the hair loss is non scarring and diffuse. The causes of patchy and scarring hair loss is quite different. ...Read more

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I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia...is there any remedy to overcome this issue or are there any chances of getting my hair regrow again?

I am suffering from androgenetic alopecia...is there any remedy to overcome this issue or are there any chances of getting my hair regrow again?

Yes: There are a number of medcations/treatments available for androgenic ("male/female pattern baldness) and I usually refer females to Board Certified Dermatologists for diagnosis and treatment. (Rogaine containing products are most commonly used)

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How or what can I use to treat alopecia if female with both parents with thin hair?

How or what can I use to treat alopecia if female with both parents with thin hair?

Rogaine (minoxidil): Rogaine for women (minoxidil 2 percent). Also oral contraceptive pills. There are other medications as well including Propecia (finasteride) and tagamet (cimetidine). Depends if the hair loss is from excess androgen or other cause. ...Read more

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Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? Dry, little itchy scalp

Hi, I am a female (22) with thin hair and a Y-shaped bald pattern on the crown. The hair just splits at the crown, what to do? Dry, little itchy scalp

TurnALossIntoAGain: At 22 years you have a good chance to beat this but you need to see a hair specialist for analysis of your hair and hair follicles, plus some other medical stuff, ASAP. You're shedding more than the usual 100-150 hairs a day. I assume by "Y" pattern you meant a "V, " which is thinning on each temple area, called "male pattern, " for obvious reason. Lotsa causes, lotsa possible cures. See a hair doc! ...Read more

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Hey, I want to ask. I have a thin hair, and ivm really afraid become more and more bald. I'm 26 btw. What should I do? I preffer in a simple way :)

Hey, I want to ask. I have a thin hair, and ivm really afraid become more and more bald. I'm 26 btw. What should I do? I preffer in a simple way :)

See a dermatologist: Decrease stress. Eat a healthy balance diet which includes protein. Have thyroid levels and iron stores checked. See a dermatologist for evaluation and work-up. Topical Minoxidil twice a day is the only proven remedy to thicken hair. However, this treatment it is not appropriate for everyone (given the warnings, precautions, and contraindications). See and discuss options with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why am I losing my hair? I have always had thin hair, it has gotten worse in the last 4 years I feel like I'm going bald. I'm only 18 this isn't normal

See dermatologist: Hair loss is a young woman is unusual. It may be seen in malnutrition, hypothyroidism, and some other disorders. Some medications may cause it. Rarely it occurs for no detectable reason. You should consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do treatments for thin hair and baldness really work?

Do treatments for thin hair and baldness really work?

Some do: Treatments that are proven to help with baldness and thinning hair: propecia, (finasteride) Minoxidil (rogaine) and llllt (low level laser light therapy) such as igrow. ...Read more

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I have been using minoxidil 10% almost 4 weeks, I started with 5%, I see thin hair growing in bald area but are thin, should I go for derma roller?

See a dermatologist: At age 22, you may be experiencing hair loss due to genetics, or anabolic steroid abuse. A more complete approach to your hair loss problem, irregardless of the cause, would be Minoxidil 2.5 mg orally daily, and Proscar 5 mg tablets. You need to quarter the Proscar tablets via a pill cutter from your local pharmacy, and this will equal 1.25 mg of finasteride, i.e. Propecia. ...Read more

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My doctor told me you have androgentic alopica, but my father was in problem at age 40, my elder brother age 30 has never problem of hair loss.?

My doctor told me you have androgentic alopica, but my father was in problem at age 40, my elder brother age 30 has never problem of hair loss.?

This prove nothing: The degree to which men get androgen-dependent hair loss varies tremendously within families. You're free to believe or disbelieve as you wish; time will show whether your physician is correct. If so, you can get hair-restoring medicines, get hair transplants, or get physically fit, shave your head, grow some facial hair and look like a stud. ...Read more

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I have thin hair and I loose about 35-40 hairs a day is that considered hair loss for my case? : (

I have thin hair and I loose about 35-40 hairs a day is that considered hair loss for my case? : (

Everyone different: Everyone is different but it is not uncommon to lose 50 to 100 hairs per day. If you are losing more hair than you have in the past then see your doctor to look for medical causes. ...Read more

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I am 25 year old male, have hair loss and thin hair. What can I do to prevent hair loss? Can dead hair roots grow back?

I am 25 year old male, have hair loss and thin hair. What can I do to prevent hair loss? Can dead hair roots grow back?

Topical and pills: Male pattern hair loss is irreversible once the hair root has "died". There are things to help prevent:
Topical Rogaine (minoxidil)
Hair transplants
Finasteride pills - used for enlarged prostate and NOT without side effects/risks. These are:
enlarged breast tissue
slight incr risk of high grade prostate cancer
can affect liver
can alter PSA test results
Consult with MD first! ...Read more

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How to cope with sever hair loss as side effect of Imuran (azathioprine)? Have already thin hair and it was tired already. It is serious, thinking about stopping it.

How to cope with sever hair loss as side effect of Imuran (azathioprine)? Have already thin hair and it was tired already. It is serious, thinking about stopping it.

Discuss with your MD: Imuran (azathioprine) is a potent drug that is not used to treat casual medical problems. In other words, you are receiving it to treat an important medical issue which may well return if you stop the drug. If you have a transplant, you would risk having rejection and losing the organ by stopping the Imuran (azathioprine). The good news is that multiple alternate drugs are available - definitely worth discussing with your MD. ...Read more

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Using mouth wash to treat oily hair, does it work? And what other options I can use safely since I have thin hair and hair loss problems?

Using mouth wash to treat oily hair, does it work? And what other options I can use safely since I have thin hair and hair loss problems?

NO: Mouthwash is for use in the mouth, not on your hair. Would you use shampoo to rinse your mouth? Try shampooing daily. If that doesn't work, see a Dermatologist. ...Read more

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Please tell me if androgenetic alopecia is reversible in women?

It can be: Remember, when treating androgenic alopecia, you are fighting nature. There are topical solutions, foams, lasers pills and even surgery (hair transplants). You should see a dermatologist who is well educated with the treatment of hair loss. The two of you may start a treatment course that will help reverse your hair loss. ...Read more

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Are there treatments for hair loss in women when it is not related to alopecia but just old age?

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Are there treatments for hair loss in women when it is not related to alopecia but just old age?

37yo isn't "old age": Sorry but I have to chuckle to myself. 37yo is not "old age". Alopecia refers to hair loss but doesn't specify cause. Emotional and/or physical stress can cause temporary hair loss. So can heredity. Traction, too, from excessive pulling & tying off (it's a cultural thing). Ask your doc to review your medications. And your scalp looking for infection. Then draw blood for thyroid & dihydrotestostero. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol. Is topical ic clobetasol. 05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

I was diagnose with alopecia areata. My dermatologist prescribed clobetasol. Is topical ic clobetasol. 05 okay to treat hair loss in women?

Any prescription....: ...Medicine should be used only by the person for whom it was prescribed, and for the purpose for which it was prescribed. Not for anything else, and not by anyone else. ...Read more

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What are the different ways or diet to prevent hair loss and baldness to women?

What are the different ways or diet to prevent hair loss and baldness to women?

Baldness in women: Before this question can be answered it is very imperative that you find out the cause for hair loss. These are plethoric and you should be seen by a competent dermatologist to elucidate what if anything may be causing the loss. ...Read more

Dr. BHARAT Shah
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Thin Hair (Definition)

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Dr. Emily Altman
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Baldness (Definition)

Baldness is a lack of hair on the scalp (it could ...Read more